Locsin to remove birth certificate requirement for passport renewals

/ 03:30 PM January 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. is poised to issue an order that would remove birth certificate requirement for passport renewals.

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, the country’s top diplomat also said: “Old passport is m(o)re than sufficient.”


Locsin, in another tweet, said he would have the text of the order, which “I’ve been dying to give to resolve a more blockage is passport processing system,” prepared in an hour. As of this posting, however, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has yet to make public such an order from Locsin.

The impending issuance of the order came after Locsin earlier disclosed that a formerly outsourced passport-maker of DFA “took all” passport applicants’ data following termination of its contract.

READ: Passport maker ‘took all data’ when contract terminated, reveals DFA chief


Locsin was responding to a tweet by DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato, where he reminded applicants who plan to renew their brown or green passports or maroon machine-readable passports (MRP) “to submit birth certificates because we need to capture and store the document in our database as we no longer have the physical copy of the document submitted when they first applied.” /kga

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